"Not gonna lie it was tough after (Sunday's loss to Michigan State), everybody had their heads down" sophomore forward Isaiah Livers said.
Michigan State won the Big Ten Tournament, defeated Michigan three times and had an overall great season, but the Spartans were handed a raw deal in the NCAA Tournament by earning a 2-seed in the same East region as overall No. 1 Duke.
Winning in the NCAA Tournament is never easy, just as Michigan State.
A member of the Michigan State basketball dance team performs during the semifinals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
The Wolverines know the conference tournament is over and has no effect on the teams run in the big dance.
The Grizzlies are the second-most experienced team in the NCAA Tournament (trailing Nevada, who could see the victor of this game) but their overall performance this year lags behind last year's team.
Michigan State closed as an 18-point favorite against Bradley and, after trailing with less than seven minutes to play, secured a 76-65 win on Thursday.